Norwest Equity Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Norwest Equity Partners has acquired 5 companies. It has also invested in 4 others.

Norwest Equity Partners’ most common sectors for investment are consumer products (12%) and information technology (10%). The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (34%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (29%). In total, Norwest Equity Partners has invested in 24 US states and 3 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2010 when it acquired Univar Solutions for $4.2B.

In the last 3 years, Norwest Equity Partners has exited 7 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (44%). Norwest Equity Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2012 when it sold Becker Underwood for $1.2B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity103
    • M&A Buy Activity62
    • M&A Sell Activity41
  • Total Sectors Invested 32
  • Total Countries Invested 3
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 39
  • M&A Advisors 11

Norwest Equity Partners

80 South 8th Street, Suite 3600,
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
United States
(612) 215-1600
www.nep.com
tsolow@nep.com

Norwest Equity Partners (NEP) is a private equity firm focused on investing in growing and profitable middle-market companies. NEP targets investments in businesses valued between $50 and $500 million, typically providing $50 to $150 million of capital per investment. Funds are typically used to fund management buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth financing. Sectors of interest include manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, technology/business services, and consumer products/services. NEP is affiliated with Norwest Mezzanine Partners, an investment partnership focused on providing junior capital to middle-market companies. Norwest Equity Partners is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has office in New York City.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Agriculture, Apparel/Textiles, Automotive, Beverages, Building Materials, Business Services, Chemicals, Communications, Construction, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, Education, Electrical Equipment, Environmental, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Life Science, Manufacturing, Media, Medical Products, Plastics, Renewable Energy, Retail, Software, Technology Hardware, Transportation

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Divestiture, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, Stake Purchase

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Canada

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA 10 -
Investment Size 30 250
Enterprise Value 50 500
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (2.2/yr) # 51 2 4 3 2 - 62
vol $7.3B $7.3B
Sell (1.8/yr) # 32 2 2 2 3 - 41
vol $4.5B $340M $4.8B
  103

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Clover Imaging Group 2019-12-16 - Secondary Buyout
Hoffman Estates, Illinois · www.cloverimaging.com
Christy Sports LLC 2019-12-02 - Secondary Buyout
Lakewood, Colorado · www.christysports.com
GoHealth, Inc. 2019-09-17 - Secondary Buyout
Chicago, Illinois · www.gohealthinsurance.com
Arteriors 2019-06-25 - Growth Capital
Carrollton, Texas · www.arteriorshome.com
Actagro LLC 2019-02-05 340M USD Add-on Acquisition
Biola, California · www.actagro.com
Quadion LLC 2018-10-12 - Secondary Buyout
Minneapolis, Minnesota · www.mnrubber.com
Integrative Nutrition, Inc. 2018-10-03 - Growth Capital
New York, New York · www.integrativenutrition.com
Wahoo Fitness LLC 2018-07-25 - Growth Capital
Atlanta, Georgia · www.wahoofitness.com
Gopher Resource LLC 2018-03-06 - Secondary Buyout
Eagan, Minnesota · www.gopherresource.com
Avtex Solutions LLC 2018-02-12 - Secondary Buyout
Bloomington, Minnesota · www.avtex.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Avtex Solutions LLC 2018-02-12 Communications Products, Inc. 2020-05-21 3
Bloomington, Minnesota · www.avtex.com Indianapolis, Indiana · www.cpi.solutions
Marco, Inc. 2015-11-02 Image Systems for Business, Inc. 2019-12-17 11
St. Cloud, Minnesota · www.marconet.com Somerset, New Jersey · www.imagesysgroup.com
Marco, Inc. 2015-11-02 Executive Technologies, Inc. 2019-08-05 10
St. Cloud, Minnesota · www.marconet.com Ames, Iowa · www.etibusiness.com
Welocalize, Inc. 2015-06-04 SearchStar 2019-06-10 3
Frederick, Maryland · www.welocalize.com Bath, United Kingdom · www.search-star.co.uk
Avtex Solutions LLC 2018-02-12 Automated Voice & Data Solutions 2019-02-15 2
Bloomington, Minnesota · www.avtex.com Houston, Texas · www.avds.com
Avtex Solutions LLC 2018-02-12 Adapt Telephony Services LLC 2018-08-20 1
Bloomington, Minnesota · www.avtex.com Oak Brook, Illinois · www.teamadapt.com
Apothecary Products LLC 2014-03-03 Soft Style, Inc. 2018-08-09 2
Burnsville, Maine · www.apothecaryproducts.com Boulder, Colorado · www.bamboobies.com
Marco, Inc. 2015-11-02 Prime Office Innovations LLC 2018-06-13 9
St. Cloud, Minnesota · www.marconet.com Macomb, Michigan · www.prime-office.com
Marco, Inc. 2015-11-02 Governor Business Solutions 2018-03-13 8
St. Cloud, Minnesota · www.marconet.com Dearborn, Michigan · www.governorsolutions.com
Marco, Inc. 2015-11-02 Business Ware Solutions 2017-11-17 7
St. Cloud, Minnesota · www.marconet.com Hutchinson, Minnesota · www.businesswaresolutions.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Consumer Products - - 7 (11%) -
Information Technology 5 (23%) - 6 (10%) -
Software 1 (5%) - 4 (6%) 500M (7%)
Distribution - - 3 (5%) 4.2B (57%)
Chemicals 1 (5%) - 3 (5%) 200M (3%)
Apparel/Textiles 2 (9%) - 3 (5%) -
Consumer Services 2 (9%) - 3 (5%) -
Manufacturing 1 (5%) - 3 (5%) -
Engineering 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) 2.4B (32%)
Communications - - 2 (3%) -
Food 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
Healthcare Services 2 (9%) - 2 (3%) -
Medical Products 2 (9%) - 2 (3%) -
Plastics - - 2 (3%) -
Retail - - 2 (3%) -
Media - - 1 (2%) 80M (1%)
Aerospace 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
Automotive - - 1 (2%) -
Building Materials - - 1 (2%) -
Business Services - - 1 (2%) -
Construction - - 1 (2%) -
Defense - - 1 (2%) -
Education 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
Electrical Equipment - - 1 (2%) -
Environmental - - 1 (2%) -
Financial Services - - 1 (2%) -
Furniture 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
Information Services - - 1 (2%) -
Insurance - - 1 (2%) -
Renewable Energy - - 1 (2%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment - - 1 (2%) -
Total 22 - 63 $7.3B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 20 (91%) - 60 (95%) 5.0B (68%)
  Minnesota 4 (18%) - 14 (22%) -
  California - - 6 (10%) 580M (8%)
  Illinois 2 (9%) - 5 (8%) 4.2B (57%)
  Wisconsin - - 4 (6%) -
  Georgia 2 (9%) - 3 (5%) -
  Texas 2 (9%) - 2 (3%) -
  Oregon 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
  New York 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
  Maryland 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
  Florida 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
  Colorado 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
  Iowa - - 2 (3%) 200M (3%)
  Kentucky - - 2 (3%) -
  Kansas - - 2 (3%) -
  Utah 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Pennsylvania 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Oklahoma 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Maine 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Connecticut 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Virginia - - 1 (2%) -
  South Dakota - - 1 (2%) -
  North Carolina - - 1 (2%) -
  New Jersey - - 1 (2%) -
  Massachusetts - - 1 (2%) -
Canada 2 (9%) - 2 (3%) -
  Ontario 2 (9%) - 2 (3%) -
France - - 1 (2%) 2.4B (32%)
Domestic 20 (91%) - 60 (95%) 5.0B (68%)
Cross-border 2 (9%) - 3 (5%) 2.4B (32%)
Total 22 - 63 $7.3B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 8 (36%) - 21 (33%) 7.3B (99%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (14%) - 18 (29%) -
Growth Capital 8 (36%) - 14 (22%) -
Recapitalization 1 (5%) - 4 (6%) -
Divestiture 1 (5%) - 3 (5%) -
Stake Purchase - - 2 (3%) 80M (1%)
Consolidation 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 22 - 63 $7.3B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 18 (44%) 1.6B (33%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 10 (24%) 3.0B (63%)
Trade Sale 5 (12%) 216M (4%)
IPO 5 (12%) -
Merger 1 (2%) -
Sold to Management 1 (2%) -
Unknown 1 (2%) -
Total 41 $4.8B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Houlihan Lokey
4
William Blair & Co. LLC
1
BlackArch Partners LLC
1
Legal Deals
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
5
Winston & Strawn LLP
4
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
4

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 2 $6.6B
$100M to $1B 2 $700M
< $100M 1 $80M
TOTAL $7.3B
Largest Univar Solutions, Inc.
$4.2B (2010-11-30)
sell # Total
> $1B 2 $2.3B
$100M to $1B 10 $2.5B
< $100M 1 $24M
TOTAL $4.8B
Largest Becker Underwood, Inc.
$1.2B (2012-11-28)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
94%
29 94%
Strategic(s)
6%
2 6%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
59%
23 59%
Strategic(s)
41%
16 41%

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